Connectedness, confidence, competence, celebration: 4C'ing the future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nursing and midwifery students

Geia, Lynore, Budden, Lea, Felton-Busch, Catrina, Baldwin, Adele, Sparke, Vanessa, Callope, Elizabeth, Ives, Karen, Boucher, Robyn, Johns, Kelly, and Hinch, Joanne (2014) Connectedness, confidence, competence, celebration: 4C'ing the future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nursing and midwifery students. In: Abstracts from "Are you remotely interested...?" Remote Health Conference. From: "Are you remotely interested...?" Remote Health Conference, 30 July- 1st August 2014, Mt Isa, Queensland, Australia .

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nursing graduates is important in reducing health disparities in Australia. Students experience many hurdles which can prevent their progress and completion of their nursing degree.

AIMS OF STUDY: In the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition (SNMN) at JCU a new learning support model has been developed to provide academic, personal/cultural and pastoral supports for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nursing and midwifery students from entry to graduation.

METHODS: The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing & Midwifery Working Group was established with Academic and student support staff from the School, Indigenous Health Unit and Teaching and Learning Development. The Working Group meets fortnightly and takes both a strategic and operational approach to student monitoring and support.

RESULTS: Monthly meeting for monitoring of students' progress, the development of a risk assessment tool, customised learning support and regular contact with the student group has increased student engagement with Academic staff and allow for timely interventions to optimise retention.

CONCLUSIONS/ RECOMMENDATIONS :The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing & Midwifery Working Group works in the spirit of reconciliation to bring about the necessary cultural and structural change to facilitate increased retention of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery students at JCU and provides a model to emulate across the other health disciplines at JCU.

Item ID: 36868
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2015 01:35
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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